Angel Watch Rescue & Rehome - Life on the streets for Romania's stray dogs

Something
like 2.5 million dogs are currently living as strays in Romania, hungry
and ignored, risking injury and death at every turn: road accidents,
poisoning, and vicious attacks by thugs. Without a tradition of
spaying/neutering dogs in Romania, the population of stray dogs has
exploded in recent years. As a result, many tiny puppies sicken and die
from terrible diseases like parvo and distemper.

Following
draconian government legislation, street dogs are being rounded up by
the dreaded dog catchers, who are paid to trap strays and deliver them
to the so-called Public Shelters, local government pounds. The dog
catchers display sickening cruelty when capturing the dogs, mentally and
physically traumatising them. They are also not above stealing dogs
from their proper owners, using brute force to remove them if necessary.
All of this just to maximise their profits.

The
Public Shelters are truly dreadful places - cold, dirty and lacking
even basic facilities. Dogs are left without food and water, neglected
and mistreated until they sicken and die or are killed by the staff -
and euthanasia is a brutal process in Romanian shelters.

It's
really no exaggeration to say the life of a Romanian stray is hell on
earth. This is why animal lovers in Romania and around the globe have
pulled together to try and help as many of these poor innocent victims
as possible to reach safety.